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Posted on July 1, 2011


twitpicWeather and Wimbledon caught dance twitterers’ attention this week.

The Royal Ballet’s Federico Bonelli was hoping to watch the tennis live:


federicouk: Just joined the queue at Wimbledon… just 11979 people in front of me..!


He got in. Other dancers, such as “Strictly Come Dancing”’s Darren Bennett, were trying to keep up with the scores:


DB_Dance: How’s Andy doing? I’m out and about and can’t get the the results from Wimbledon.


Fellow “Strictly” star Ian Waite could tell him:

ianwaite: Heard @andy_murray won in 3 str/sets! Whoop! Whoop! Gutted to miss it, Zumba-ing this evening.


Choreographer Hofesh Shechter joined Twitter this week, and plunged straight into the tennis:



HofeshShechter: Long first day- most importantly trying to get home to see Nadal beating del potro!


He did find time to discuss his own work: 


HofeshShechter: 5am start today and din’t manage to do half what i wanted. too ambitious or too stupid… or both. will try earlier tomor see what happens..


HofeshShechter: Did the new clubbing bit. Shockingly exciting. Small thing- don’t have a beginning yet. Small detail.


Choreographer and Rambert director has also been hard at work this week, creating his new work:



MarkPBaldwin: last touches of choreography to Seven For A Secret, Never To Be Told ..squuezing it out, such a reief to make something after 2 years break.


Rambert’s dancers, meanwhile, were performing al fresco outside St Paul’s Cathedral, a brave move in a week that went from heatwave to cloudburst:


MarkPBaldwin: Tues; London City St Pauls performances, 4 movements of Eternal Light today 1.30pm, 7.20pm. Thomsin Gulgec’s last show with Rambert.. sob



Rambert reported the performance, and the weather:

Rambertdance: No rain so far… @CoLFestival from our dancer on the ground RT @JonGoddard Dum dum derrr!



Rambertdance: Spot the Rambert Dancer:




Rambertdance: A wonderful Rambert dancer dancing in the rain!



The Ballet Bag asked followers what dance they hoped to see on DVD:




(cont’d) Most mentioned were: Onegin (Stuttgart & RB), Vikharev reconstructions, Ratmansky (Bright Stream, LHHorse, Dnieper).. #DVDwishlist


… RB fans would love more MacMillan & Ashton short ballets while modern crowd wants Forsythe, Lightfoot Leon & Kylian #DVDwishlist


#DVDwishlist & to wrap up, companies most often mentioned in our poll: ABT, NYCB (Balanchine! Robbins!), RDB, Stuttgart, DNB, Mariinsky, RB


Other dance fans were watching the BBC Four documentary “The Incredible Thing About Contemporary Dance”:


LuPiquero: Note to people watching BBC4 Dance doc: Laban are not the only ones teaching choreology, and dance teachers aren’t always that weird 😛



Finally, American Ballet Theatre star José Manuel Carreño gave his farewell performance with the company. His colleagues were out in force to say goodbye:


Dance_Magazine: The Carreno farewell starts any minute. We’ve got Kent as Odette, Murphy as Odile, GUEST DE LUZ AS BENNO, & Hallberg as Rothbart! @ABTBallet

Twitterers in the audience reported:

TheNYGalavant: Watching & partaking in the 15+ min. standing ovation for Jose Manuel Carreno‘s final performance w/ @ABTBallet was truly special #nycliving

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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